College basketball is under way this season and there are already many under-the-radar scorers who have shown that they are amongst the elite players in the country.
These under-the-radar players are sometimes the second scorers on their team. Sometimes they play in a weaker conference.
One thing that they all have in common is that they have all posted solid numbers and have improved each and every season.
This season, though, they are ready to explode onto the national stage.
Gary Bell Jr. had a phenomenal freshman season for the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Unfortunately for him, so did point guard Kevin Pangos.
Most of Bell’s accomplishments were overshadowed by Pangos, who averaged 13.6 points per game.
Bell did not reach those kind of numbers, but he certainly came close.
The Washington native averaged 10.4 points per game, and averaged 16 points per game in his standout performances against West Virginia and Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament.
Bell has a fantastic jump shot. He made nearly half the three pointers he took last season.
This season, Bell has been making a more concerted effort to slash into the lane and finish around the rim.
Bell will continue to benefit from defenses focusing on Pangos this season. So don’t be surprised to see Bell averaging around 15 points per game this season.
B.J. Young averaged 15.3 points per game for Arkansas in the SEC.
This included an impressive 28 points against UConn, 24 points against Mississippi State, 31 points against Florida and 27 points against Tennessee.
Young was one of the top freshman scorers in the country last season and the Razorbacks are glad to have him back again this season.
The sophomore guard out of Saint Louis has a complete skill set. He slashes, he shoots and he uses his incredible speed to get out on the break.
Young will look to build on his success in a SEC that is not as defensively challenging as last season.
As soon as he has completed his two game suspension, Young will look to pick up where he left off against talented teams such as Michigan and Syracuse.
Young will likely average somewhere around 18 points a game.
St. Mary’s point guard Matthew Dellavedova burst onto the scene last season.
He averaged 15.5 points per game and had multiple plus-20 point games.
Despite his success in the WCC, Dellavedova is still a relatively unknown scorer on the national scale.
With the graduation of Rob Jones, Dellavedova is going to have to pick up the slack for the Gaels in his senior season.
Dellavedova shoots the three ball incredibly well. Last season he made 60 three-pointers.
He also does a great job of blowing past defenders with his surprising speed.
The Australian is already averaging 20.5 point per game and I do not expect that number to dip much below 20 this season.
D.J. Cooper is as under-the-radar as his team, the Ohio Bobcats, is this season.
Cooper averaged 14.7 points per game last season as a junior and many expect him to erupt as a scorer this season.
Many will knock Cooper for playing in the weak Mid-American Conference, but if you look at his production against the top-25, you will see that he had 16 points against Louisville, 21 points against Michigan and 19 points against South Florida.
Cooper is in his senior season and he will look to cap off what has been an excellent career at Ohio by averaging nearly 18 points per game.
Rotnei Clarke will benefit greatly from his transfer to Butler because he fits into Brad Stevens’ system incredibly well.
Clarke took last season off due to his transfer away from Arkansas, but during the 2010-11 season, Clarke averaged 15.2 points-per-game for the Razorbacks.
Clarke is arguably the best three-point shooter in the country. In his last season of play, Clarke shot 43.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Clarke, an Oklahoma native, will thrive in his senior season because he will be a part of a system that promotes ball movement, which should give him many, many open three-pointers.
I think that he will likely average 17 points per game this season.